Crosby honored for Samaritan Clinic work
by Clay Neely
Hundreds gathered at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Sunday to honor Dr. Kay Crosby, whose efforts were recently recognized with an 11Alive Community Service Award for her work with the Coweta Samaritan Clinic.
DeMarco Morgan, co-anchor for 11Alive TV, praised the efforts of Dr. Crosby. “Her nomination wowed our judges,” Morgan said before reading from the numerous letters of support for Crosby and those who serve at the Samaritan Clinic.
“Dr. Kay represents all that’s right with the Hippocratic Oath,” Morgan read. “I can think of no other person in our community who has done as much as Dr. Crosby to improve the health and quality of life of those who are less fortunate.”
The Reverend Harry Barrow of Newnan Presbyterian Church, who also serves on the board of directors for the Samaritan Clinic, spoke to the qualities of Crosby’s faith and spiritual character. “As long as I have know Kay, she’s been special – a warm and caring human who knows who she is,” Barrow said.
He recalled talking to one of her patients who was in her 60s and felt that Crosby was the only doctor in her whole life who actually listened to her.
“Since we really believe that God works through people, I began thinking about those who helped shape her vision – all the direct and indirect support every one of you here this evening have given to Kay and the mission of the Clinic,” Barrow said.
As Crosby made her way to the podium, the attendees of the ceremony rose to their feet for a lengthy standing ovation.
“I am so honored to be here and I realize that this award is for everyone who has been part of the Coweta Samaritan Clinic,” Crosby said. “Several years ago, God invited me to be part of his plan, to create a place in our community where the uninsured could have a place to go and be seen that have no place else to go.”
Crosby described her journey with the clinic as a blessing, witnessing the community coming together with the common goal of ensuring that those who may not have any other place to turn can be seen and have their medical needs met.
“None of this would be possible without our wonderful community and volunteers,” Crosby said. “We’re really here tonight to celebrate all of you. I look around the room and see the faces of so many people who have contributed in so many ways.”
The free clinic – which has just three-and-a-half employees and relies on volunteers, donations, grants and foundations – serves patients most of whom have incomes at 200 percent at the federal poverty level or below. Crosby knows the clinic, with the expensive nature of healthcare, couldn’t do the good work it’s being honored for without a strong local backing.
The clinic is housed in the former Coweta County Health Department facilities on Jackson Street near downtown Newnan.
Crosby highlighted those from the community who have helped the Samaritan Clinic in numerous ways. “We thank Piedmont Newnan, the Cancer Treatment Center, and to the Coweta County Hospital Authority for the building,” Crosby said. “And especially to all the providers who are so willing to see our patients at any time. Whether it’s advice or to see a patient, thank you.”
Dr. Earnest Barron and Rhonda Whitten were also named by Crosby for their tireless work with the Coweta Samaritan Clinic. “These two are the unsung heros,” Crosby said. “We’ve had our doors open for two years now, and faithfully, these two are there every day. Without them, we couldn’t have done what we’ve been able to accomplish.”
While Crosby is grateful for the accolades that she and her volunteers have received, she has her vision directed toward the future.
“We have so many exciting opportunities ahead of us and God keeps opening doors for us,” Crosby said.
“If any of you are wavering in your faith in humanity or God, please come visit the clinic and your faith will definitely be restored. Thank you all so very much.”